[MUD-Dev] Re: Mudschool

Travis S. Casey efindel at io.com
Thu May 14 07:50:47 New Zealand Standard Time 1998

On Tue, 12 May 1998, Richard Woolcock wrote:

>    Enter your name: Bubba
>    New character!  Enter a password: *****
>    [Press enter to enter the game]

The "enter your name" prompt is something that's always bothered me about
many muds.  The first time I ever got on a mud, I saw "enter your name",
and naturally entered "Travis Casey" (after all, it's asking for *my*
name, not a *character's* name).  It then told me that names could only be
one word.  So I entered "Travis".  

I went through the character generation process, expecting it to ask me at
some point what I'd like my character's name to be.  Of course, it never
did, but it did eventually ask me "enter your real name".  At that point,
of course, I knew what they had meant.

So, I went through and made a character again, while muttering aspersions
on whoever chose to put "enter your name" instead of "enter your
character's name" or something else that would let me know it wasn't *my*
name they wanted.

The moral is:  explain things clearly during character generation.

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